Archive for October, 2009

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OFG Night Out at the Movies (3/16): Doubt

31 October 2009

The next Night Out for the film group will be an evening of  Doubt on Monday, March 16. Come to the 8:20 PM show at the Oswego Cinema 7 and stay for a discussion of the film immediately after in the theater’s mezzanine lobby.

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Martin Scorsese’s Top 11 Scariest Movies List

29 October 2009

Speaking of Scorsese (see yesterday’s post), here’s the director’s picks for the scariest films, compiled for The Daily Beast. (See As Mentioned in the Post under Links).

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The Haunting (1963)

Happiest of Halloweens to one and all!

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Link added to World Cinema Foundation

28 October 2009

We’ve added a link to the free films available on-line at the World Cinema Foundation site.

This is from the  WCF’s mission statement:

The World Cinema Foundation (WCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world – in particular, those countries lacking the financial and technical ability to do so.

Established by Martin Scorsese, the Foundation supports and encourages preservation efforts to save the worldwide patrimony of films, ensuring that they are preserved, seen and shared. Its goal is to defend the body and spirit of cinema in the belief that preserving works of the past can encourage future generations to treat film as a universal form of expression.

Cinema is an international language, an international art, but, above all, it is a source of enlightenment. There are wonderful, remarkable films, past and present, from Mexico, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia that deserve to be known and seen. Martin Scorsese has created the World Cinema Foundation with the specific purpose of calling attention to the global cause of film preservation.

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Link Added to UbuWeb’s Film & Video

26 October 2009

We’ve added a link to UbuWeb, a source of audio and visual avant-garde works. The site has 1,000 films and video from 500 artists.

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Double Feature: Anvil! The Story of Anvil w/Heavy Metal Parking Lot

22 October 2009

Coming soon to the SUNY Oswego campus: two documentaries kick off OFG’s music series File Under: Eclectic. The films will be screened on Wednesday, November 4, at 7 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium (C118). The screenings are free; a discussion will follow the films.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil:

At 14, Toronto school friends Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the ‘demigods of Canadian metal,’ releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s Metal on Metal. The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax….. But Anvil’s career took a different path–straight to obscurity.

Director Sacha Gervasi [himself once a teenage fan of–and even a roadie for–the group] has concocted a wonderful and often hilarious account of Anvil’s last-ditch quest for elusive fame and fortune. His ingenious filmmaking may first lead you to think this is a mockumentary, but it isn’t….[We] see the reality of their day-to-day lives as they struggle to make ends meet, take a misguided European tour, and engage in antics on the road–which is not always lined with fans. Gervasi even finds a softer center to this raucous film, introducing us to band members’ ever-supportive, but long-suffering, families…. Anvil rocks–it has no other choice. (John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival Catalog)

Anthony Lane found the movie “the most stirring release of the year” and in his review in The New Yorker concluded:

This film is not about rock music at all, …; it is about time, and how it threatens to fade us out like a song on the radio, and why, risking ridicule, and leaning on love, we should crank up the volume and keep going….

On the same bill, Heavy Metal Parking Lot:

The legendary 1986 short film that documents a group of metal fans congregating before a Judas Priest concert. The kids-in-the-parking-lot interviews are funny–and sometimes disturbing.

Washington DC area filmmakers Jeff Krulik and John Heyn used borrowed equipment, shot without permission from the venue, and initially didn’t even copyright the work. The result became an underground hit. HMPL fans make copies and distributed them; the buzz about HMPL began to grow as it drew attention from bands including Nirvana and the Lemonheads and directors Sofia Coppola and Cameron Crowe.

The film, after all these years, has outgrown its underground status: it’s been ranked 6 in SPIN magazine’s list of top 20 rock movies and 16th out of the Top 100 Most Metal Moments on VH1.

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Clip of the Day: Cardboard Animation by Sjors Vervoort

19 October 2009
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Link Added to The Little

13 October 2009

We’ve added a link to The Little, Rochester’s independent film theatre and café. The theatre (celebrating its 80 anniversary) is currently showing Bright Star, Capitalism: A Love Story, My One and Only, Lorna’s Silence, It Might Get Loud and ImageOut, the city’s lesbian and gay film festival. (The festival continues through October 18. For a link to the ImageOUT site, please see the sidebar under Mentioned in the Post).